News Flash: Skeen captures TA2 pole at Nashville
August 7, 2021
*Based on Provisional Results
Fastest in a field of 36 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli drivers, Mike Skeen captured the TA2® pole for today’s Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers presents the Franklin Road Classic with Race for RP.
Skeen turned a lap of 1:31.461-seconds on the 12-turn, 2.17-mile temporary course to capture the MOTUL Pole Award in the No. 1 Liqui-Moly/Turn 14 Distribution Services Chevrolet Camaro. He will lead the field to the green flag at 1:20 p.m. CT today.
"This is awesome!” Skeen said. “We knew this one would be really important, because this track is so difficult to pass on. I used the tires a little more than I usually would in qualifying to insure that we'd be out front at the start. Hopefully we can maintain that pace over the long run, stay out front and get a nice win for the Liqui-Moly Stevens-Miller Racing Camaro.”
Connor Mosack will start second, turning a lap of 1:31.500-seconds in the No. 28 NicTailor/FS M1-SLR/Fields Chevrolet Camaro, followed by Thomas Merrill in the No. 81 HP Tuners/Mike Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, Adam Andretti in the No. 86 3-Dimensional Services Ford Mustang, and Adrian Wlostowski in the No. 3 Hawk Performance/F.A.S.T. Auto Camaro.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez was seventh in the No. 75 Wesley Financial Group/Silver Hare Camaro, while TA2® points leader Rafa Matos was 18th in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Ford Mustang.
The large field necessitated that the field be split into two 19-car groups. Evan Pecore led the second group with a lap of 1:32.986-seconds in the No. 15 Diversion Motors/Value Pro Chevrolet Camaro, good for 15th overall.
The race will be televised on the CBS Sports Network today beginning at 8 p.m. ET.